Battle of Helm's Deep

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Battle of Helm's Deep
NameBattle of Helm's Deep
Release Date2003-03-12
Is Officialyes
PlatformsPaper LotR-O GEMP mLOTRO Tabletop Simulator Lackey gccg

Set 5, Battle of Helm's Deep (or BOHD) is the first expansion of Towers Block, and the fifth set overall. It was released on March 12, 2003 and included many of the block's core concepts that Decipher wasn't able to release before The Two Towers movie came to theaters.

Notable Cards[edit]

Starter Decks[edit]

For this set, Decipher decided to experiment with removing the 3 random Rare cards that normally came in a Starter Deck, and replacing them with fixed Alternate Image "rares" which thematically suited the deck. While the power level of the decks as playable specimens increased, the perceived value of these decks took a nosedive as there was no longer any reason for collectors to buy more than one. Decipher tried once more with Ents of Fangorn, and after that restored the random rares with The Return of the King and all following sets.


This set contained the debut of the Gollum culture, as Decipher was not licensed to spoil images of Sméagol/Gollum before The Two Towers released in theaters. This culture broke new ground by being the first (and so far, only) culture to have both Free Peoples and Shadow cards, centrally the inclusion of both the Minion Gollum and the Companion Sméagol. Mechanically, this captured the internal struggle of the character perfectly; not only could Sméagol help the Fellowship while Gollum attacked it, but you could even assign Sméagol to skirmish Gollum, and watch his internal war play out on the table.

BOHD also marked the re-introduction of the Sauron culture, which had been absent in the base set.

New unloaded keywords[edit]

Other mechanics[edit]

  • Uruk-hai Berserkers, which prefer to be close to exhaustion and have ways of self-exerting to enable that.
  • Widely expanded the number of cards with or referencing the Machine and Valiant keywords
  • Mumakil and Warg mounts
  • Sauron Trackers that lower site numbers rather than roaming costs

Official Decipher Sets Promotional Promotional
Fellowship Block The Fellowship of the RingMines of MoriaRealms of the Elf-lords
Towers Block The Two TowersBattle of Helm's DeepEnts of Fangorn
King Block The Return of the KingSiege of GondorMount Doom
War of the Ring Block ShadowsBlack RiderBloodlines
Hunters Block The HuntersRise of SarumanTreachery & Deceit
Non-Block Sets ReflectionsExpanded Middle-earthThe Wraith CollectionAge's End
Unreleased Sets The Great EyeShelob's Lair
Unofficial Fan Sets Player's Council PC Kitchen Sink (V0)Shadow of the Past (V1)
The Hobbit Draft Game Main DeckShadow PacksSupplementary Packs
mLOTRO MLOTRO Promo CardsMLOTRO Reflections II
The Journey Continues The Journey Begins